JCJC honors student-athletes during Fall Athletic Banquet
Written By: Shawn Wansley
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Date Submitted: 2010-12-04 12:10:47
By Shawn Wansley
JCJC Sports Information Director
ELLISVILLE – The Jones County Junior College fall sports programs were recognized for their achievements during the annual Fall Athletic Banquet here Tuesday night in the banquet room of the C.L. Neill Student Center.
Student-athletes in football, men and women’s soccer, and cheerleading were honored in front of a large crowd of family members, school administrators, staff members and teammates.
“I want to say to the parents here tonight, ‘thank you’ for your support and your confidence in us to educate your children, not only in the classroom, but on the field of play,” said JCJC school president Dr. Jesse Smith. “There is something we want you to know as parents, as well as students, and that is we value competition, hard work, honesty and winning.
“If we did not win every game, we wanted to teach our students how to win because I think that is probably the best thing we can do for our students. We love to win, but we will not sacrifice our character for the sake of winning.”
Bobcat Awards were voted on by participants in each sport. A Bobcat Award goes to a person who typifies everything coaches expect in a student-athlete, from leadership to hard work to dedication and to a commitment to excellence.
South Jones’ sophomore Mallory Cowart was the recipient of the Bobcat Award in women’s soccer, while Terry freshman Kyle Upchurch received the honor in men’s soccer. Buford, Ga., sophomore Ryan Robinson was the Bobcat Award winner in football. Rochester, N.Y., sophomore Brooke Mead and Boston, Mass., sophomore Taylor Coffman were named Bobcat Award winners for women and men’s cheerleading, respectively.
The KaRock’s Restaurant Leadership Award for women’s soccer went to Madison Central sophomore Aubrey Weems.
The Larry Goff Christian Leadership Award in football went to Bay Springs’ sophomore defensive lineman Joshua Herring. That award goes to the player who most represents the character and spirit of deceased Bobcat team chaplain Larry Goff.
In addition, all sophomore student-athletes and team managers received Letter J awards.
“We are very proud of our student-athletes at Jones,” said athletic director Katie Herrington. “Our staff and faculty want our athletes to be successful and they begin every day with that in mind.”
JCJC Director of Sports Broadcasting Lance Pittman served as emcee of the event.
The Lady Bobcat soccer team was recognized for the most successful season in school history.
JCJC won the MACJC state championship, Region 23 crown and advanced to the NJCAA District E Tournament in Tyler, Texas. The Lady Bobcats posted a 15-3-1 record – with the 15 wins being a school record for victories.
“Girls, it’s been a pleasure working with you – the sophomores the past two years and the freshmen this past year,” head coach Dolores Deasley said. “The sophomores will always hold a special place in my heart because they are my first actual group of recruits. They will be sadly, sadly missed.
“We had an absolutely tremendous season. I cannot praise this team enough for its hard work and effort throughout the year.”
Recognized as All-Region 23 performers for the Lady Bobcats were Cowart, Bridget Dennis of West Jones, Audrey Borchardt of D’Iberville and Danica Roberts of Liversedge, England. All-MACJC selections were Weems and Macey Endris of Madison Central, Trahrissa Monroe of Long Beach and Michelle Brumfield of Mobile, Ala.
Letter J Award winners were Cowart, Dennis, Weems, Dana Ivey, Jamie Miller, Arlette Cochran and Leah Shams, along with manager Shelby Holifield.
The Bobcat men’s soccer team finished 8-7.
“Thank you to our faculty members, students and other coaches for your help and support, especially during the regular season when there are so many things going on around campus,” said head coach Oleg Baleyev.
Being named to the All-MACJC team were Jake Benton from Northwest Rankin and Giuliano Mancini of Weston, Fla.
Letter J Award winners were Josh Corley, Nick Peden, Zac Rodgers, Mackenzie Johnson and Patrick Coates, along with managers Adalberto Martinez and Trequan Hollingsworth.
Head coach Eddie Pierce noted his team had some difficult losses en route to a 2-7 season.
“We did not have the type of season we expected to have or hoped to have,” he said. “I’ve been coaching 26 years and I’ve learned more the past two years than I did in the previous 24 years. I learned some very valuable lessons this year and I know our guys did, too.
“But this was one of my favorite teams. They went to work everyday, practiced hard and the guys did what we asked of them as coaches.”
Two Bobcats were named to the All-Region 23 team: Robinson, a defensive end, and Heidelberg sophomore offensive tackle Jeremy Pierce. Robinson was also named to the All-MACJC South Division first team and was voted the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman in the division. Pierce was also named to the All-MACJC South Division first team.
Being named as second-team All-MACJC South Division performers were wide receiver Deuce Coon, offensive lineman Brandon Bender and defensive backs Cory Cooley and Antonio Parker.
Coon is a freshman from Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge, La., while Bender is a sophomore from Laurel. Cooley is a sophomore from West Jones, while Parker is a freshman from Destrehan High School in New Orleans, La.
Being recognized as participants in the Dec. 4 MACJC All-Star Football Classic were Cooley, Herring, West Jones sophomore defensive back Roderick McCullum, Laurel wide receiver Kylan Pollard, Raleigh offensive lineman Eric Thurman, Collins defensive lineman Mario Owens, Heidelberg linebacker Santonio Jones and Macon, Ga., wide receiver Rashad Wynes.
Players receiving Letter J Awards were Robinson, Pierce, Cooley, McCullum, Herring, Pollard, Bender, Thurman, Owens, Jones, Kewon Hunter, Tromarcus Toney, Justin Gaines, Jared Quinn, LeRoyce Keyes, McKenzie Moffett, Cameron Morgan, Caleb McGruder and Jo’nal White.
Managers receiving Letter J Awards were Michael Pruden and Braxton James.
Sponsor Angela Clayton praised her squad.
“This is a very talented group,” she said. “We are ranked third in the nation and we are No. 1 in the state of Mississippi. I may not realize how talented they are when we are in the P.E. Building working on new things and trying to improve, but when we get to camp and competition, I appreciate just how talented this Jones’ squad is.”
Receiving Letter J Awards were Mead, Coffman, Curtis Wood, Caleb Jones, Patrick Sutton, Tim Hallman, Katelyn Gottberg and Reagan Johnson.